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Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Cuba

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Cuba

You can realize your planned trip to Cuba by obtaining a Cuba visa. Foreign nationals can apply to Cuba short-term visas (tourist card; tourism visa, etc.) for temporary reasons (tourism, business, and other short-term purposes). If you want to stay in Cuba for a longer period for some reason (such as study, employment, etc.) you can also apply for a Cuba long-term visas.

Cuba Tourist Card

Cuba Tourist Card

Cuba Tourist Card is valid for 180 days from its date of issue. Tourist Cardholders can stay in Cuba for 30 days from the day of arrival in Cuba. In order to extend Tourist Card validity for the next 30 days, holders can apply for an extension at the immigration authorities’ office.

Some countries’ nationals can apply for only Cuba Tourist Visa from the Cuban consulate in their country – not a Tourist Card. Those countries are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

Therefore, nationals of the above-mentioned countries must get a Tourist Visa from the nearest Cuban consulate in order to realize their trip to Cuba.

In all other cases when someone says “Cuba Tourist Visa” they likely mean “Cuba Tourist Card”.

 

Required Documents for Cuba Tourist Card

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

 8. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

9. For Minors:

  • Copy and English or Spanish translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Tourist Card

The average processing time for a Cuba Tourist Card is 1-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Tourist Card Fee

Cuba Tourist Card fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Tourist Card?

The Tourist Card for Cuba can be obtained in a manner of ways including online or through travel agencies. It’s easier to obtain compared with Tourist Visa.

You can also apply for Cuba Tourist Card in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Cuba Short-term Visa

If you are not eligible for a Tourist Card, you can also apply for traditional paper visas for realizing your short-term travel to Cuba. Reasons to apply for this type of visa can be tourism, visiting family or friends, business trips, short-term education, exchange programs, short-term work, and many other non-permanent nuances. You can check all the required documents for each type of visa application, visa fees, processing time, and where to apply for a visa below.

 


 

Cuba Tourist Visa

Cuba Tourist visa is issued for applicants intending to visit Cuba for tourism and sightseeing. You can apply for a Cuba Tourist visa in order to realize your tourist activities.

 

Required Documents for Cuba Tourist Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and English or Spanish translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Tourist Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Tourist visa is 1-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Tourist Visa Fee

Cuba Tourist visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Tourist Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Tourist visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Cuba Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa

A Cuba Business visa gives you the authorization to enter Cuba and stay here for a maximum period of your visa validity, as permitted. It permits its holder to engage in business-related activities such as attending meetings or conferences, conducting or attending the training, conducting internal audits, installing equipment, or performing other temporary services for a client, local affiliate, or branch office.

Under the Business visa category, other following cases would be applicable:

  • Business matters/meetings/ negotiation/trainings
  • Conference/Congress/Exhibition
  • Scientific/Research events
  • Journalists
  • Official delegations

 

Required Documents for Cuba Business Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of last the 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Documents Reflecting the Nature of the Business Trip and the Existence of Business Relations

  • Invitation letter from company/authority in Cuba with full address, stating the purpose and duration of the business trip and/or
  • Information on event/congress/trade fair being visited in Cuba with details of organizer/host, with full address in Cuba, duration of the event, and reason to take part (e.g. visitor ticket for trade fair).
    • If applicable including information about who covers the expenses of the business trip to Cuba
  • Only applicable if fair exhibitor: Information on trade fair by submitting exhibitor ticket/exhibitor invoice/confirmation letter reflecting status as trade fair exhibitor.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Business Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Business visa is 1-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Business Visa Fee

Cuba Business visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Business Visa?

You will apply to Cuba Business visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Cuba Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa

The Cuba Cultural/Scientific/Sports Visa enables you to enter Cuba for cultural, scientific, or sports purposes, such as attending cultural events.

 

Required Documents for Cuba Cultural Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)  

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Documents Reflecting the Nature /Purpose of the Journey and Stay of Artist/Member of Cultural / Sports Association in Cuba: Artist/Athlete Member of Cultural/Sports Association in your country travels to a Cultural/Sports Event Organized in Cooperation with a Cuba Cultural/Sports Association

  • Letter of Local Cultural Association / Sports Association stating timeframe and schedule of cultural event/sports camp with details of organizer/host with full address in Cuba, as well as the purpose of cultural camp/event and information who covers costs (accommodation, travel expenses).
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, signed “letter of no objection” of school/university confirming participation in cultural / sports event.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and English or Spanish translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Cultural Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Cultural visa is 1-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Cultural Visa Fee

Cuba Cultural visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Cultural Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Cultural visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Cuba Medical Visa

Cuba Medical treatment visa is granted to the third-country citizens entering Cuba to undergo long-term medical treatment, therapy, and rehabilitation, within public or private medical institutions if they submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and the duration of the treatment. This type of visa may also be granted to a potential companion who assists such third-country nationals, should they not be able to take care of themselves if this is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance.

 

Required Documents for Cuba Medical Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)  

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Documents for the Patient:

  • Appointment letter from the hospital/doctor signed and stamped, including details of how costs will be paid (paid upon arrival, the deposit needs to be paid, etc.)
  • Recent medical report
  • Letter from the organization covering all occurring expenses, medical treatment for the patient, stating the timeframe of treatment (if applicable). Alternatively, a written clarification as to who will cover the expenses.

11. Documents for Escort:

  • Cover letter naming escort and explaining the reason for escorting patient (stating the full name of patient)
  • Appointment letter of the patient for treatment in Germany
  • Letter from the organization covering all occurring expenses, medical treatment for the patient, stating the timeframe of treatment (if applicable). Alternatively, a written clarification as to who will cover the expenses.

12. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

13. For Minors:

  • Copy and English or Spanish translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Medical Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Medical visa is 1-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Medical Visa Fee

Cuba Medical visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Medical Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Medical visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Cuba Visiting Family and Friends Visa

A short stay family/friend visit visa is a type of Tourist visa and it allows you to travel to Cuba for visiting your family or friends who legally residing in Cuba, up to the expiration date of your visa validity.

 

Required Documents for Cuba Family Visit Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Proof of Visit/Accommodation:

  • Letter of invitation
    • Must be official. A scanned version is accepted at the time of application, but it is advisable to send the original by mail as the original will be required at the border.
  • Documents proving kinship
  • A document confirming the status of the inviting person in Cuba
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and English or Spanish translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Family Visit  Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Family Visit visa is 1-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Family Visit Visa Fee

Cuba Family Visit visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Family Visit Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Family Visit visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Cuba Study (Short-term) Visa

A Cuba Study visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Cuba to study or educational training, which requires staying in Cuba temporarily.

 

Required Documents for a Cuba Study (Short-term) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

8. Proof of Visit

  • Original Letter of Acceptance by the Education Institution including details of the course, duration, and fees with proof of payment.

9. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation), if any

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

10. Proof of Financial Means

    In the case of scholarship:

  • Confirmation of receipt of a grant or scholarship from the relevant fund of Cuba

    In the case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

     In the case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 3 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

12. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Study (Short-term) Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Study (Short-term) visa is 1-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Study (Short-term) Visa Fee

Cuba Study (Short-term) visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Study (Short-term) Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Study (Short-term) visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Cuba Work (Short-term) Visa

A Cuba Work visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Cuba for short-term work activities, which requires staying in Cuba temporarily.

 

Required Documents for a Cuba Work (Short-term) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

8. Proof of Visit

  • Invitation from your business partner in Cuba

9. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation), if any

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

10. Proof of Financial Means

    In the case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

    In the case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 3 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Work (Short-term) Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Work (Short-term) visa is 1-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Work (Short-term) Visa Fee

Cuba Work (Short-term) visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Work (Short-term) Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Work (Short-term) visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accept visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Cuba Transit visa

Cuba Transit visa

Transit passengers are exempt from visa or tourist card requirements if their transit time does not exceed 72 hours in Cuba. They are allowed to enter Cuba in this case.

If their transit time is more than 72 hours, they must obtain Cuba Tourist Card or Cuba Tourist Visa.

Cuba Long-term Visa

Even if your country is exempt from visa requirements, if you intend to stay longer in Cuba, you will need to apply for a long-stay visa from your home country before coming to Cuba.

The Cuban Migrant Visa is given to foreigners who wish to live in Cuba for a longer period of time or to have temporary or permanent residence established. The Migrant Cuba Visa is permanent and can be issued for a maximum period of three years.

The long-term visa grants entry to Cuba on the basis that you will be applying for a residence permit. It enables you to enter Cuba as a potential resident and stay while you apply for residency.

 


 

Cuba Employment (Long-term) Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Cuba for a longer period. This visa applies for those who want to work within the legal frame of employment upon taking an employment permit and the work permit as per appointed procedure from competent regional authorities.

 

Required Documents for a Cuba Employment (Long-term) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas/ Cuba resident permit

7. Original Employment Letter from the Applicant's Employer in Cuba

  • On the official company paper with stamp and signature, date and clearly mentioning: full address and contact details of the company, the name, and position of the countersigning officer, details regarding the employment of the applicant (e.g. position, salary, estimated duration), details regarding additional conditions of employment (e.g. accommodation, transport, living expenses).

    In the case of international transfer of the employee:

  • A letter from the current employer confirming the transfer, and approving the leave/absence of the applicant

8. Curriculum VItae (CV) of Professional Career, Specifying the Certificates, Diplomas, and Qualifications You Have Obtained.

9. Proof of Accommodation

  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation or contract) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

10. Medical Certificate

  • A document issued by a legally known physician that states that you are not suffering from any disease or that you may have a serious public health impact.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Employment (Long-term) Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Employment (Long-term) visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Employment (Long-term) Visa Fee

Cuba Employment (Long-term) visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Employment (Long-term) Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Employment (Long-term) visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accept visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Cuba Study (Long-term) Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Cuba for a longer period. This visa applies to those who are admitted to the state college or state university in Cuba.

 

Required Documents for Cuba Study (Long-term) Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos        

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas/ Cuba resident permit

6. Details from your University in Cuba:

    a) Confirmed University Admission

  • Admission letter issued by an educational institution (school/college/university) accredited in Cuba
  • Must state language of instruction
  • Must contain the start and end dates of the course
  • Those in full-time education should submit a letter from their education establishment clearly indicating the course of studies being followed.
  • Letter from the Institute undertaking the return of the student to the country of residence upon completion of the study.

    b) Confirmed Language Course with Conditional University Admission

  • Receipt/confirmation of language course payment in advance
  • Proof of conditional university admission or confirmation of admission as an applicant or detailed communication with the University for a concrete subject of study

7. Documents Attesting Previous Education (originals should be presented at the counter):

  • Higher secondary certificate - if the applicant applies for a visa on the basis of a university certificate on admission to the first year of studies
  • Preparatory course, one must submit the higher secondary certificate legalized/attested/apostilled by the MEA/MFA.

    In the case of student exchange:

  • The original certificate from the university confirming that the applicant is a student.
  • Copy of the agreement/official information from the universities regarding the student exchange.
  • Invitation from Cuba university.

8. Knowledge of Language, for Cases of Confirmed University Admission and Confirmed Admission to a Preparation Course for University

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (TOEFL/IELTS), if the course is taught in English

9. Proof of Accommodation in Cuba

  • Document confirming the availability in Cuba of appropriate accommodation for the intended period of stay (documents shall contain information about the cost of living; the costs for a full period or monthly payment must be indicated)

10. Documents Confirming the Sufficient Financial Resources (of Applicant or Sponsor)

  • Traveler’s cheque
  • Original bank statement for the past 3 months
  • Certificate of the amount of the credit card limit issued by the bank (any bank located in Cuba or another country is allowed)
  • A certificate of availability of money in a bank or a cooperative savings and loan association located on the territory of the Republic of Cuba (it cannot be a bank located in your country)
  • A document confirming granting of a national or foreign scholarship
  • A certificate of employment with a monthly salary statement

11. Medical Certificate

  • A document issued by a legally known physician that states that you are not suffering from any disease or that you may have a serious public health impact.

12. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Study (Long-term) Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Study (Long-term) visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Study (Long-term) Visa Fee

Cuba Study (Long-term) visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Cuba Study (Long-term) Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Study (Long-term) visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accept visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Cuba Family Reunion Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Cuba for a longer period. This visa applies to family members of Cuba nationals and wishing to obtain a permit for long-term residence in Cuba.

 

Required Documents for Cuba Family Reunion Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least one or two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame
  • 3.5x4.5 size

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of two months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Cuba.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous visas/ Cuba resident permit

7. Details of Spouse

  • Passport copy
  • For spouses of foreign nationals have to submit a copy of their partner's residence permit for Cuba.
  • Certificate of residence of the spouse living in Cuba, not older than 6 months

8. Marriage Certificate

    a) Cuba Marriage Certificate:

  • Cuba certificate of marriage along with certified copies.

    b) Foreign Marriage Certificate:

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure.

9. Proof of Accommodation in Cuba

  • Copy of lease certificate of the apartment in Cuba or title deed of owned property, if the partner is already residing in Cuba.
  • If the host provides accommodation – document indicating the right of ownership/right to use (e.g. rental agreement) clearly allowing to lodge guests at this location.

10. Proof of Sufficient Means of Substance

  • Copy of employment certificate of the foreign spouse who intends to live in Cuba
  • Salary slips from the past two months if is living in Cuba.

    In the case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

    In the case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 3 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Cuba Family Reunion Visa

The average processing time for a Cuba Family Reunion visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Cuba Family Reunion Visa Fee

Cuba Family Reunion visa fee is 20-75 USD (it can vary depending on your country and nationality). Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for a Cuba Family Reunion Visa?

You will apply for a Cuba Family Reunion visa in Cuba visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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FAQ

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I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter Cuba. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering Cuba?

You must meet certain requirements to enter Cuba, even if you do not require a visa:

•          The purpose of your trip to Cuba must be plausible and comprehensible.

•          Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay in Cuba.

•          You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.

•          You must hold a confirmed return flight, to prove that you are prepared to leave Cuba before the visa expires.

•          You must have travel health insurance for the whole duration of your stay in Cuba.

•          You must not pose a threat to security or public order.

 

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What is the local currency in Cuba?

The Cuban Peso Nacional (CUP) is the national Cuban currency, used primarily by locals in Cuba.

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Can I get a residence permit for Cuba at the Consulate General?

No, you cannot get a residence permit for Cuba at the embassy or consulate of Cuba. You should get a long-term visa, then apply for a residence permit after your arrival in Cuba.

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What happens if my Cuba visa application is rejected?

If your Cuba visa application is rejected, you will be notified by your mission that your application has been unsuccessful. You will be informed of the grounds on which it was rejected and have one month to appeal the decision by writing to the Cuba mission. Your application will then be reconsidered. You can also apply for a visa again if your circumstances have changed.

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Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.

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Can I extend the validity of my Cuba visa?

In order to extend Tourist Card validity for the next 30 days, holders can apply for an extension at the Immigration Authorities’ Office.

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Do I have to participate in the Embassy or Visa Administrative Center in person?

It depends on your country of residence or the embassy/consulate/Visa Administrative Center’s rules and obligations.  In some countries, sending your documents via courier is enough to the embassy/consulate/Visa Administrative Center.

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If I enter Cuba twice in a month, can I use the same Tourist Card?

No. Tourist Cards are valid for one single entry only. You need to apply for 2 different Tourist Cards.

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